New Rasmussen polls show as many as 62% of Democrat voters believe the Central Intelligence Agency didn’t disclose its interrogation techniques to House Speaker, and Village of The Damned understudy, Nancy Pelosi. The same percentage of Republican voters believe they did.
Among voters not identified with either party, the numbers split pretty evenly down the line: 42% believe Ms. Pelosi was unaware of CIA techniques, and 42% believe she had some knowledge, but kept quiet.
Ms. Pelosi has escalated things by accusing the CIA of actually misleading her with respect to interrogation techniques, a charge CIA Director Leon Panetta denies flatly.
Ms. Pelosi has since back-tracked and tried to water-down her accusations, in light of CIA briefing documents she received in 2002 – strong evidence she knew, or should’ve known, what was going on. As Representative Pete Hoekstra, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, concluded: “If someone is going to schedule hearings [about potential prisoner abuses]… the first witness should be Nancy Pelosi.”
Given the situation, it’s unsurprising that a vast majority of American voters – whether or not they believe Ms. Pelosi was perfectly aware of the techniques used against suspected terrorists and is only now raising criticism because it’s safe to do so under President Obama – view the CIA favorably (63% of voters surveyed). In contrast, only about half that number (35%) view Ms. Pelosi favorably.